Press Releases

Urban Libraries Council Statement on President Trump’s Proposed Defunding of Institute of Museum and Library Services

May 10, 2017

“For 20 years, the Institute of Museum and Library Services has served our nation well, ensuring public libraries, one of our democracy’s critical institutions, have the funding and resources needed to serve people of all races, ethnicities, religions and socio-economic statuses. The president’s proposed cut would hurt the most vulnerable among us, including low-income and marginalized populations served by both rural and urban libraries,” said Michael Sherrod, Executive Board Chair of the Urban Libraries Council. Read the full release here >>

 

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Education and Nonprofit Partners Launch Book-Rich Environments Initiative to Boost Educational Opportunity for Children in Public Housing 

January 5, 2017

The Urban Libraries Council  partnered with the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Education (ED), the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (GLR), and the National Book Foundation (NBF) to launch the Book-Rich Environment (BRE) InitiativeRead the full release >>

 

Urban Libraries Council Celebrates Public Library Leadership

October 19, 2016

The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) recently announced the recipients of the 2016 Joey Rodger Leadership and Urban Leader Awards at a special celebration during the 2016 ULC Annual Forum in Kansas City. The awards recognize transformative leadership that advance the impact and strategic role of public libraries in communities across North America. Read the full release >>

 

Innovative Public Libraries Win Awards for Creative and Inventive Approaches to Community Issues

October 7, 2016

Addressing citywide racial equity, helping adults earn a high school diploma, partnering with small businesses to provide training to help them succeed – these are just a few of the initiatives being led by some of most creative and innovative public libraries in North America. The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) recently recognized 20 public libraries as Top Innovators for programs, services and operating practices that have made a significant impact on those they serve and their communities. Read the full release >>

 

Urban Libraries Council Celebrates Public Library Leadership >>

October 30, 2015

The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) announced the recipients of the 2015 Joey Rodger Leadership, Urban Leader and Executive Board Leadership awards at a special celebration during the 2015 ULC Leaders Partnering for Success conference in San Diego. The awards recognize transformative leadership that advances the impact and strategic role of public libraries in communities across North America. Read the full release >>

 

Libraries Bring Unique Assets and Expertise to 21st Century Education >>

March 3, 2015

A new Urban Libraries Council Leadership Brief highlights the vital role North America's public libraries play in meeting community education needs and urges stronger partnerships to broaden impacts and improve education outcomes from cradle through career. Partners for Education examines the 21st century education landscape and highlights the progressive work of public libraries today in meeting diverse education needs in communities. It offers seven strategies to help local officials maximize the often untapped potential of libraries as education partners. Read the full release >>

 

Urban Library Patrons and Communities to Benefit from E-rate Modernization >>

December 11, 2014

The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) applauds the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in their continued modernization of the E-rate fund to support the education technology needs of America. At today’s FCC meeting, the Commission voted to raise the overall cap of the program by $1.5 billion recognizing that our nation’s public libraries and schools must have additional funding to keep up with the growing need for increased Internet connectivity. Read the full release >>

 

ULC and NSLA Tapped to Lead Summer Learning Initiative for Libraries >>

September 23, 2014
The Urban Libraries Council (ULC), as the lead agency, has received funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to partner with the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA). Read the full release >>

 

ULC Recognizes Top Innovators >>

June 26, 2014
Congrats to the 2014 Top Innovators & to all libraries that submitted for this year’s Innovations Awards. Each library’s submission illustrates the ongoing transformation of public libraries to meet the 21st century needs of people and communities. Read the full release >>

 

Karen Glover Elected Chair of ULC Executive Board >>

June 25, 2014
ULC has elected Karen (Kari) Glover, Board member and Immediate Past President of the King County (WA) Library System Foundation, to Chair the ULC Executive Board (2014-2015). Three new board members have also joined the roster: Jill Bourne, Dr. Rhea Lawson and Mary Blankenship Pointer. Read the full release >>

 

ULC Members Urge E-rate Fixes to Ensure Digital Access >>

May 21, 2014
Members of the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) have called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to level the E-rate playing field to enhance public libraries’ access to funds that will help provide a digital future for all Americans. Read
the full release >>

 

ULC & National Coalition Celebrate Successful Launch of
the Edge Initiative for Public Libraries >>

April 17, 2014
Just three months following the national launch of the Edge Initiative, nearly 20% of public libraries have adopted this new professional tool. The Initiative was developed by a coalition of leading library and local government organizations with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and led by the Urban Libraries Council. Read the full release >>

 

Global Library Innovators and Leaders Gather for Next Library 2014 >>

March 6, 2014
Next Library will bring its mission of driving innovation to N. America for the 1st time in June. Throughout the world, libraries are pushing boundaries, leading & accelerating changes to support learning in the 21st century. Next Library 2014, Accelerate Learning, will reflect the rapid pace of change in today’s world as well as the reality that learning in the 21st century is a means of individual empowerment, community well-being & social change. Read the full release >>